Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Only a few of us had ever served at a soup kitchen before. None of us really knew what to expect. Wade told us it may not be a busy night as welfare checks had been mailed the day before. Before we knew it we had hair nets on and the doors opened. The night was busy and the 3 hours flew by (almost) without a hitch! The patrons of the "Ark" seemed to be enjoying their meals and the company around them. There was even enough for seconds of dessert, treats that campus Starbucks' kindly donate each day to the house. Some of the guests stuck around to chat with us, others went to the used clothing store in the neighbouring room. Perhaps most interesting of all, many found their way downstairs to the basement of the Ark, where a graduate of UWO Fine Arts was hosting The New School of Colour, an art program that runs weekdays from 7-9 pm. After the dinner rush and a lively conversation with two other gentlemen about the future of health care in Canada, I found myself wandering downstairs too where I met some of the other volunteers in awe of the hidden talent and treasures of London's artistic community. I could see now why Wade had called The New School of Colour "one of the best things to ever happen to the Ark."
Half an hour later after most of the guests had gone home, the volunteers and I went to catch the bus back to campus. Everyone was in good spirits and a few reflection questions revealed they would all be interested in participating in a similar event in the future and serving London's hungry again. It was a challenging yet eye-opening experience that I am glad I got to be a part of. I look forward to upcoming trips with Meal Exchange to Ark Aid and other unique opportunities to serve the community!
For more information visit Ark Aid's homepage
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
On Saturday, March 26, the CSLN once again partnered with the London & Thames Valley Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada to help out with their Make No Broken Bones About It! public education forum. The event took place at Brescia University College and was attended by both men and women of all ages from London and the surrounding area. CSLN service-learners were active throughout the session to welcome guests, hand-out information packages, direct participants to the presentation rooms, and assist with various other tasks throughout the day.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
The mission of all BGCs in Canada is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
The facilities at the London club include a 25 meter competitive swimming pool complete with ramp, a spa, large gym offering extensive sports programs and leagues, rock wall climbing, large ball and foam rooms, craft room, three computer labs, small library, games room with air hockey, pool, pop-a-shot basketball, ping pong, small group games room, and Tween zone.
The Teen Zone (for youth 13 - 18) allows teens to come together in their own setting and includes: a computer lab, big screen TV, pool tables, crafts, X-box and other virtual entertainment systems.
After a ½ hour orientation involving an overview of the generally accepted volunteering principles at the BGC, we were split up into different rooms and oversaw the activities taking place there. The main role of volunteers at the BGC is to ensure that youth at the facility get the most out of their experience, while ensuring that a safe environment is maintained.
Student responses to our first volunteering experience at the BGC were overwhelmingly positive. First year student Michael Ding commented:
“… The opportunity to volunteer at the B&G Club has given me the chance to give back to society, and the smiles and laughter from every child in the B&G made me feel that my effort and time were all worth it.”
Reflection periods are increasing in popularity among service learning clubs and organizations as they have been shown to improve participant recognition of the value they have added to their community. At the BGC, particular emphasis was put on recognizing how children's perception of the community would change, and what kind of experiences would replace those they gain at the BGC if the club did not exist.
Overall, the CSLN's first exposure to the BGC was extremely rewarding and I personally cannot wait to get back.
- Robert Freele
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"By taking an active role in volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, I have realized the importance in after-school programs for children. The B&G program helps to entertain kids while educating them on important life values, such as, teamwork, cooperation, and creativity. The opportunity to volunteer at the B&G Club has given me the chance to give back to society, and the smiles and laughters from every child in the B&G made me feel that my effort and time were all worth it." - CSLN Volunteer
Find out how you can get involved in the CSLN by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.